Fairland hosts special meeting after police resignations

 

FAIRLAND, Okla. – The town of Fairland hosts a special meeting to discuss several police resignations, including the Chief of Police.

Fairland, located in Ottawa County, Oklahoma, is down to three police officers. Police Chief Aaron Richardson, the assistant chief and most of the officers resigned last week.

The chief’s resignation letter says it’s due to a hostile work environment, plus slanderous allegations made about him by a board of trustees member.

Tuesday night, Aug. 24, 2021, the City hosted a special meeting with the public to discuss the situation.

At the beginning of the meeting, officials went into an executive session. They interviewed Gordan Williams, a deputy with the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office, to fill the role of chief. Williams has not yet accepted the position.

Fairland Mayor Pro-Tem Trever Berger told KOAM that they look at the Police Department as the chief’s department. He says the board is there for support. Berger says he, as the police commissioner, is the liaison between the board and the department.

Berger says he’s been in contact with the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department and the Wyandotte Police Department to cover calls until the positions are filled.

According to CBS affiliate News on 6, Berger “declined to comment on Richardson’s resignation, citing the advice of the town attorney.”